• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

Prairie or Gray Headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

Brighten your summer garden with the long-lasting blooms of prairie coneflower.

Native from Ontario to South Dakota, south to Oklahoma, Louisiana and east to Florida they are hardy in zones 3 to 9. This makes them a pretty option for most gardeners.

Prairie coneflower is also known as gray headed coneflower and botanically as Ratibida pinnata. The downward pointing bright yellow petals and gray cone shaped center make it easy to see why these were once grouped with Rudbeckias. Crush the cone and you’ll get a whiff of anise.

Prairie coneflowers grow 3 to 4 feet tall but are rather narrow. So plant them en masse for the greatest impact. They combine nicely with other perennials and also work well in meadow and natural plantings.

Then watch for the butterflies that come to visit collecting nectar from the flowers and birds munching on the seeds.

A bit more information: The cone and leaves of Ratibida were used to make tea. The roots were used to cure toothaches. 

Upcoming Live Events
& Webinars


Feb. 21, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Winter Pest Management
Register now

Feb. 28, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Create a Beautiful Landscape Free of Invasive Plants in Wisconsin Gardens
Register now

Feb. 29, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

How to Plan Your Rain Garden
Register now

March 6, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Growing Summer Bulbs in Containers
Register now

March 13, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Hydrangea Selection, Pruning & Care
Register now

March 14, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

How to Select Rain Garden Plants
Register now


March 20, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Maximize the Beauty and Enjoyment
in Any Small Space
Register now

March 23, 2024

REALTORS Home & Garden Show
West Allis, WI

March 27, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

How to Start a Garden for Beginners
Register now

April 10, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

Container Gardening Throughout the Year
Register now

April 11, 2024
FREE WEBINAR

7 Steps to Managing Water Where it Falls in Your Yard
Register now

April 20, 2024
Pasquesi Home & Gardens
The Why and How of Pruning Hydrangeas and Other Shrubs
Lake Bluff, IL

WATCH ON-DEMAND WEBINARS

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Enter to win Longfield Gardens bulbs valued at $157.00 !

ENTER NOW